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Since 1974 when Ronald Reagan gave the first keynote address, the Republican Road to the White House has run through CPAC, the annual political conference run by the American Conservative Union. Since 2014 that organization has been run by Matt Schlapp.

Schlapp served two years as the White House Director of Political Affairs in the first George W. Bush Administration and his wife, Mercedes, worked in the White House under both President Bush and Donald Trump.

In this interview, Schlapp addresses the reasons behind the loyalty of Donald Trump’s supporters, the current “cancel culture” and the reluctance of former Vice-President Mike Pence to speak at CPAC and to talk about the irregularities of the 2020 vote and what went on at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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  1. Gary Robbins Member
    Gary Robbins

    Not my cup of tea, but well done.

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  2. Icarus213 Coolidge

    There is a whole lot of special pleading Matt engages in here.  He says Trump “actually did” the things he said he was going to do, but the examples he gave that other Republicans never did were exactly the things Trump never did either (balancing the budget?  outlawing abortion?).  It sounds like he is simply giving Trump credit for seeming to “really mean” what he said, even if didn’t actually get much done either (because him doing these things was mostly impossible… just like… for the other Republicans).  Somehow those guys are insincere scum, but Trump is okay because he was somehow more genuine.  I fail to see exactly why.

    Even comparing W. Bush’s Supreme court appointees (Alito & Roberts) with Trump’s appointees (Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, Barrett), both groups are a mixed bag of “strict constructionism” with middle-of-the-road institutionalism.  But I bet most Trump supporters don’t actually know what Trump’s appointees have decided lately; they probably believe they are “true” conservatives, even if they aren’t really.

    It sounds like this the usual case of falling for the rhetoric and personality of candidate, but saying your support is purely practical and transactional.  That’s fine if that is what Matt is doing, but he is talking like he is doing something else.

    David then lets him go on and on about the crimes of the Left, which I completely agree with him about, but none of this is relevant to the topic at all.

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  3. RufusRJones Member

    I haven’t heard the podcast yet.

    This is going to make some people mad, but I think this is pretty accurate about Trump. He definitely illuminated things that needed illumination, but he had trouble governing both from his own mistakes and the left and Never Trump interfering.




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  4. RufusRJones Member

    People freak out about CPAC, but I don’t see the harm. Maybe I don’t know everything.

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  5. RufusRJones Member

    This is just my opinion, but I think it’s far, far worse that they didn’t do anything about the ACA compared to abortion. What a bunch of liars. Totally thoughtless. 

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